The government works for US, not the other way around. We are not subjects. We're the boss. Personally, I find this "I don't have to answer to you peasants" attitude to be appalling. But what's even worse in my mind is the growing proportion of the American public that's OK with being treated as subjects. They don't demand answers. They're OK with being lied to or disregarded. They have They surround themselves with a bubble of denial and delusion, reassuring themselves that there's no need to worry by repeating platitudes to themselves like "As long as you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear from government reading your emails." Or "If it saves the life of one child, it's worth restricting everyone's rights."
They have surrendered themselves completely to the collective, have abandoned independent thought, and are willing to follow the collective through Perdition's flames as long as it doesn't affect them personally. The collective promises freedom from fear, freedom from accountability, and freedom from responsibility; in return, all it asks from an individual is his freedom of will.
They love to insulate themselves from critical thinkers by brushing them off as the "tinfoil hat" crowd or dangerous subversives. And they're right: in a hypnotized and deluded society willing to shackle itself into slavery because someone convinced them that chains make them free, nothing is more dangerous than somebody who dares to ask, "Why are we doing this?"
Collectivism is easy, because it allows you to sit on your butt and do nothing. If you protect yourself from the truth you don't have to make decisions, don't have to take risks, and don't have to be brave. If anything goes wrong, it's not your fault. Nothing is more threatening to these people than information or actual thought, because it makes life difficult for them.